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Bogotá: El Paraíso Favela Tour with Cable Car

1. Bogotá: El Paraíso Favela Tour with Cable Car

Go on a guided walking tour through Bogatá’s El Paraíso favela district. Hop on a cable car, meet with community leaders, learn about the local life, and see technicolor graffiti-filled walls.  Start your journey with either hotel pickup, or a bus transfer, accompanied by your guide. Arrive at the cable car station and begin your ride up the hill to El Paraiso. Takin in the panoramic views as your soar over the city. Gaze down at the colorful houses, and get a bird's eye view of the harsh living realities faced by the residents.  After your ascent, head off on a walking tour with your local guide to get a feel for the neighborhood. Wander the bustling avenues, spotting street art among the neon-painted houses and narrow boulevards. Meet local community leaders in charge of the New Life Foundation, learning about the positive changes that are being put into place to help revitalize this vibrant, yet underserved district. Continue to the best spot for panoramic views over the entire city, then try a traditional Colombian snack to get a feel for local culinary culture. Afterwards, head back down on the cable car, having seen a glimpse into one of Bogotá's most notorious favelas.

Bogota: Bicycle City Tour

2. Bogota: Bicycle City Tour

See Colombia’s capital city from a unique perspective on this cycling tour of Bogota. Ride your bike to traditional food markets, a coffee factory, the bullfighting stadium, the Central Cemetery, the historical center and through Bogota's many plazas, parks, and neighborhoods. The exact route varies depending on the day, weather, and whether or not there are special events going on in the city, but you’re always guaranteed and eclectic mix of fun and culture. Gain an insider’s view of Bogota and Columbia as you meet local people and visit sites off the beaten path. The terrain is mostly flat, and there are plenty of stops, but this is an urban tour so expect some traffic and a decent level of exercise.

Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

3. Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

Join us on our Coffee Farm experience as we set out from the center of the city and head an hour and a half deeper into the mountains of Bogotá! We will start the day by enjoying a traditional Colombian breakfast together and then go to meet our local farmers. We will discuss what it means to be an organic coffee farm and what the daily tasks of a farmer look like. Walk around the farm and take in the more than 8,000 coffee plants. We’ll learn how to hand-pick coffee and process it, and then afterward we will enjoy a delicious cup of coffee prepared in a unique way. If the weather and season permit, we will even get to plant our own coffee! We wrap up the tour with local cuisine for lunch and began the trip back to the city, making brief stops to take pictures of the Paramos ecosystems and the picturesque Bogotá city skyline. Total duration: 7-8 hours.

Bogotá: Walking Tour in La Candelaria with Refreshments

4. Bogotá: Walking Tour in La Candelaria with Refreshments

Walk through Bogotá’s electric downtown neighborhood of La Candelaria with a local guide. Have your camera ready for the unique mix of architectural styles and historic sites that make the district a renowned cultural melting pot. Savor the local culinary culture with fresh fruit and coffee. Discover how the old mixes with the new and explore the Baroque, Art Deco, and colonial houses of La Candelaria. Walk through historic alleys filled with street art before heading over to the vibrant La Concordia market to mingle with the locals.  Taste refreshing traditional fruits and see the less touristy side of the area. Follow your guide past the Gold Museum and head through to Bolivar Square to learn about Colombia’s complex and resilient history. Finish the tour with some of the best coffee around and learn about how it's produced.

Bogota: Food Discovery Tour

5. Bogota: Food Discovery Tour

Explore the unique flavors of different Colombian regions on this food tour of Bogota. Go to 7 places within the La Candelaria neighborhood and sample a variety of traditional food and drinks. Visit the local market and stop by multiple family-owned businesses to try aborrajado, ajiaco, and other special dishes. Meet with some of the best professional baristas in the region. In a single afternoon, get to learn about Colombian culture through its food and history. This tour accommodates both vegetarian and vegan preferences. Be prepared to tuck into lunch and dinner so make sure with an empty belly.

Bogotá: La Candelaria Graffiti & Urban Art Guided Tour

6. Bogotá: La Candelaria Graffiti & Urban Art Guided Tour

See Colombia’s history as told by its street art on this guided walking tour of Bogotá. Find out why Bogotá has become prominent the world of spray painting as you admire its impressive murals. Stop at a local café along the way to try a coca leaf tea.  Meet your guide in the Chorro de Quevedo Square. Walk thorugh the heart of the La Candelaria district. Go through an overview of the city’s iconic spray-painting works as you stroll along streets packed with graffiti art. Immerse yourself in how artists retell the story of their indigenous ancestry and its relation to the city. Get to know the work of local artists such as Carlos Trilleras, Wosnan, Ocio 4, and 3 Manos. Pass by La Concordia’s vibrant market and the Journalist’s Park. Each of these places have been meeting points and a melting pot of ideas and influences which have been key in defining the identity of Bogota’s downtown and the ideas street artists display in their work. View graffiti authored by women and hear about their role in the propagation of this art. Uncover artists like Bastardilla, Vera, and Ledania. Finish your tour by tasting a coca leaf tea at Café Herencia, a coffee shop that works and supports local artists

Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

7. Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel at your choice of either in the morning or the afternoon. From here you will be taken on a tour through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira, whose name means "City of our Father" in the language of the Chibcha. Back in pre-Columbian times, salt around the area was the most important commodity and the "salt cakes" were the only currency for trading. Throughout time, technology improved and the "Muiscas" began to extract larger amounts of salt. As a result, an underground salt deposit was formed and it is where the Salt Cathedral was built, 180 meters below the surface. Inside you will discover a chapel titled “capilla de los mineros”, which was built as a tribute to the Virgin “Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá”. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return safely back to Bogotá.

Bogotá: Downtown Sightseeing Biking Tour with Refreshments

8. Bogotá: Downtown Sightseeing Biking Tour with Refreshments

Join this guided bike trip for a perfect way to get a comprehensive perspective of the city. This is the best option if you're looking to cover more ground than you would by feet. Plus, being led by a local, you'll get a much deeper insight into the history and culture of Bogotá. Receive your bike and helmet, then head over to the three founding plazas in La Candelaria to understand how the city has changed over time. Then, you will cycle along the iconic 7th avenue, originally a salt road in indigenous times. Stop by the National Park and take in the half forest-reservoir, half-cultural hub. Afterward, ride along the bike roads to the Parkway Boulevard, a natural path full of trees, before crossing El Dorado Avenue and going back to La Candelaria. Cycle through hidden neighborhoods where graffiti has become a way of facing social issues. On top of that, you will taste traditional snacks and drinks in local places and finish the day by having a rewarding tree-planting experience.

Bogotá: Paloquemao Market Private Tour with Tastings

9. Bogotá: Paloquemao Market Private Tour with Tastings

The experience begins with pickup from your Bogotá accommodation and heads to the vibrant Paloquemao Market. Upon arrival, soak up the unique sights and scents of this bustling community hub and mingle with the locals going about their day. Wander between the colorful market stalls and learn about regional produce from your expert guide. As you explore, enjoy an exotic fruit tasting session, with over 15 varieties to choose from. You’ll also sample a selection of juices made from the fruits you're unable to find at the market. Finally, taste at least five traditional snacks and delicacies, and get a sense of authentic Columbian cuisine. By the end of the experience, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation for Colombian cooking, cuisine, produce, and culture.

Bogota: Colombian Coffee Tasting

10. Bogota: Colombian Coffee Tasting

Upon arrival at the café, meet with your guide who will introduce you to Colombian coffee. Learn about the history of coffee in Colombia, which is known worldwide for its balanced rich and nutty taste. Learn how to taste and recognize different coffee flavors. Conduct an acidity test and an aroma test, and learn about the many different coffee brewing techniques. Taste some interesting products made from the humble coffee bean. Finally, brew and taste your own perfect cup of coffee to complete the experience.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

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based on 3 reviews

Very good walking tour with history of Bogota and mix of fruit, coffee tasting. Also experienced Candelaria graffiti and Bolivar Square. Luis was an exceptional tour guide and spoke excellent English. The group was larger than expected.

A great thing to do in Bogota. It was our favorite activity of our few days there. Julia was a great guide and introduced us to some awesome tasting food.

The walking tour was great. A nice tour around the area with lots of information.

Great tour, the guide Louis was excellent, lots of interesting bits of info

We got to learn the Colombia and Bogota graffiti scene.